Top 5 Education Votes articles of 2017

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As 2017 draws to a close, take a look back at the five most read Education Votes articles of the year.

5. US Supreme Court deals setback to voucher proponents

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Missouri violated the constitutional rights of a church when it denied the church’s grant application for a new playground surface. But the court’s narrow ruling represents a setback for voucher proponents, who had sought to use the dispute to undermine state constitutional protections for public education and fuel the expansion of private school vouchers on a national scale, even for religious schools.

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4. Five reasons charter schools are bad news for students

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws on the books despite the fact that there is no evidence they outperform public schools.

Here are five reasons why these taxpayer-funded, independently managed schools are bad news for kids.

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3. A native Hawaiian teacher shatters a stereotype in her classroom while becoming an activist in her community

When Kai Burley returned to Waianae, the West Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, from the U.S. mainland, she wanted to become a teacher. “Here is where my heart is—here is where I wanted to teach.”

And because Kai loves a challenge, she became a math teacher. “History is my favorite subject, but I wanted to take on the stereotype that Native Hawaiian students can’t learn math. Their math scores are always the lowest in the system and their absentee rates from math classes are the highest.”

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2. Despite what DeVos wants you to believe, research shows public schools outperform private schools

As the nation’s new education secretary, Betsy DeVos, promotes the flawed idea that taxpayer dollars should be spent to pay for private school tuition, research proves she, along with many others, is dead wrong to assume that public school students would be better off in private schools.

On Monday, DeVos visited North Carolina’s Fort Bragg Army Base, where our troops’ families are losing education programs because of President Trump’s federal hiring freeze. DeVos thinks private school vouchers should be made available to military families. She’s spreading a similar privatization message today in Florida.

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1. Republican educators say DeVos nomination for Secretary of Ed violates GOP values

Cathy Boote, a retired middle school art teacher from Holland, Michigan, has more than a passing familiarity with Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education.

Boote can see the DeVos family’s summer home from her own back patio. She knows people who grew up with Betsy DeVos, and they were both raised in different branches of the same church. Although the two women are both Republicans, their values and beliefs around education are sharply divided.

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Reader Comments

  1. Betsy DeVos is no friend to Public Education. Like many Republicans she wants to help the wealthy pay for private education. The vouchers would not be enough to pay for quality education. Therefore those people with low to middle income would not be able to pay for good schools or would attend poor quality schools. If the full voucher program was instituted, Low level schools would spring up all over the country. Private and charter schools do not have the same requirements and over site as public schools.

    1. Except that it’s “oversight” and not “over site,” I couldn’t agree more with this comment. Of course, more specifics could be added about how different are private and/or charter schools from our public schools.

  2. DeVos is totally unqualified for her Position, and she is an absolute insult to the thousands of Public School Teachers who have devoted their Life to Public Education. She is as dangerous and destructive to Public Education as Trump is to our Country.

  3. Betsy De Vos is unfit to be in the position of Sectary of Education.
    BETSY should stay planted in one of her mansions counting her billions and shove her agenda off on the small community in Michigan she owns.
    I detest her and what she is doin got the American School system is deplorable.
    DeVos has to GO! NOW!
    Her agenda HAS TO BE HALTED.
    DE VOS IS A DESTRUCTIVE, DIVISIVE AND UNFIT PERSON IN A POSITION OF POWER SHE NEITHER DESERVES OF SHOULD HOLD.

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